Last year Des' first choice 17 had King and Perry as starting props with a bench of Guluvao (or Cross), Kite, Rose and Bailey. That meant we usually had 3 props on the bench with one utility and Ballin playing 80. Given that it seems quite a surprise that Des has selected a bench with just one prop Rose, with the rest of the bench being Seu Seu (dummy half), Buhrer and Robinson (both back row). We do have Guluvao in the starting side for Rodney so perhaps that will help but I hope it doesn't leave us short of go forward. Not a criticism by any means just an observation, and I was very interested to hear that Des singled out Buhrer as the player to watch this year so his impact could be vital. I also hope Mauro has kicked on as he's only been used in previous years as a stop gap during origin or injury time and hadn't shown a lot but I heard had a great game in the NZ trial. For mine it's going to be vital to blood young guys like Lussick and Cunningham but of course it's early days.